The Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium at Union Station, Kansas City

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Built as part of Union Station's renovations in the late 1990s, the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium's 60-foot dome makes it one of the largest planetariums in the midwest. Union Station offers a number of opportunities in the planetarium for groups to take advantage of including field trips, Girl and Boy Scout badge workshops, summer camps, and other educational opportunities, as well as business meetings or general facility rental options.
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  • A good show, probably best value for money amongst the other attractions in this complex. The show lasted about 45 mins. Clear narrative made this an enjoyable experience, shame we can no longer see.....  more
    A good show, probably best value for money amongst the other attractions in this complex. The show lasted about 45 mins. Clear narrative made this an enjoyable experience, shame we can no longer see.....  more »
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  • This was an amazing experience. The Faithnof the stars was so interesting and truly captivated our entire family. So well done.
  • We went to the Planetarium to catch a show on a whim on a Wednesday afternoon after seeing the Museum of Illusions (which was awesome) it was $24 for 2 adults & a child. My daughter and I lay on one of the big poufs on the floor and my husband sat in a seat near us. The preshow was awesome; it was just soft music and pictures of space. My daughter loves space. She's almost 8. The show started (The Magic Treehouse) and it was a bit silly. Like something you'd take a first graders to see on a field trip. But, I'm not a spoil sport so I adjusted my expectations and snuggled into my pouf. Honestly, the most egregiously unrealistic thing to me was the idea of Morgan Le Fey & Merlin being friends and either of them interacting with children in a positive manner. But I'm kind of a giant nerd. Neither of them ended up actually being in the show anyway. I'm almost positive I would have gotten motion sickness if I hadn't been laying down so... Yay for poufs! The best part was the twist ending which I legitimately didn't see coming. But as for the planetarium itself: We were comfortable, it wasn't too crowded, tickets were reasonable, it was a smooth and enjoyable experience.

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